500,000 Volkswagens Recalled Because Software Allegedly Cheated on Emissions Tests

September 18, 2015 5:42 PM

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The Environmental Protection Agency hit Volkswagen with a notice of violation Friday, asserting that the carmaker has been using software called a “defeat device” to game official emmissions evaluations in about 482,000 of its cars.

The New York Times reports that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi 2009–2015 diesel models were actually spewing more pollution than official testing revealed. The cars' software was set up to detect regulatory evaluations and turn on the full emission control system for the duration of the test. Whe...

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